In a day when we are all focused on a cure for the current virus we should make sure we don't get caught up in the frenzy and forsake our daily intimate time with God. We all want a cure, we all are praying for the day of normalcy, a day when we can return to days of unhindered travel and days without thoughts of social distancing and quarantining. But in the midst of current situation I would like to offer you a word of encouragement from God’s Word.
In the book of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 6 the Bible reads:
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith - a word we have all read and a word we have heard all our lives yet a word we sometimes find difficult to live out in our daily lives. In the scripture we are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. Now, I'm sure each and everyone wants God to be pleased with our lives including myself but let’s study the text and see what it reveals and how it can help our lives.
The word faith means a conviction of truth. So the text reveals that we can not please God without conviction of truth, His truth. Notice the phrase ‘it is impossible’. We live in a world that tells us anything is possible if you work hard enough for it. People have forsaken much in pursuit of personal happiness and material gain yet they find themselves in a tailspin of disappoint and empty promises. Our lives have meaning and purpose and when God saved us He gave to us a meaning; to live our new life for Him and He gave us purpose; to share the good news of the Gospel to a lost world. You see the only way is through Him. The phrase ‘it is impossible’ carries the idea without strength, impotent, powerless, weakly, disabled, unable to be done…
The word please is from the root word ‘euarestos’ (yü-ä’-re-stos) and means acceptable. Think about this… you and I can have a life that is acceptable to God when we live a life of faith, conviction of truth.
If you and I are waiting for the cure or a day of normalcy in order to experience happiness you will be disappointed because there will always be another virus, another tragedy to disrupt you life but with a life of faith your focus will be on things eternal, Heaven.
Now notice the end of this verse… it says ‘and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him’.
The word ‘rewarder’ means to give, to give something to someone, of one's own accord to give one something, to his advantage, to bestow a gift, to grant, give to one asking, let have, to supply, furnish, necessary things.
Here the text reveals that our God is a giver, one who bestows a gift to you. In a day where it’s all about taking here God is freely giving to you. This world will never understand the joy that settles in a persons heart when God speaks to you. When He covers in grace during the unsettling times, when He through strength gives victory in the face of defeat, and when He gives peace in the midst of a storm.
But notice to whom He gives to… ‘them that diligently seek him’. The word diligently means - to seek in order to find, to seek a thing, to seek [in order to find out] by thinking, meditating, reasoning, to enquire into, to seek after, seek for, aim at, strive after, to seek, require, demand, to crave, demand something from someone…
Here the text reveals not all will be a recipient but those who will seek, require, crave, demand His presence. This is the person whose life is absent of the carnal desires of this world… a person who will settle for nothing less than the truth of God’s Word and His touch on their lives… popularity will not do… wealth will not suffice… health will not do… noting - nothing at all will satisfy this person but an intimate relationship with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When you truly seek truth and desire to have His blessing and touch on your life you will find He will ‘reward’ you with exactly what you want; Him.